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The Inscription (Sonnet Books) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 2000
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About the Author
Pam Binder Lives in Issaquah, Washington, with her husband and three children. Her challenge in writing The Inscription was to depict accurately the role of women in the sixteenth century; she discovered that women, no matter the time period, were as they are today -- inventive, strong of will, and intelligent. She will continue to explore these strengths and themes in her next novel, The Quest, coming soon from Pocket Books.
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Actually, I wasn't too far off with the immortal man in the human world because of the love of a woman. Except that he was already living in the world as a Laird of a Scottish castle. And Amber McPhee travelled through time to him. Having arrived she has to adapt to the 16th century way of life. The clothes, the food, the personal hygiene!
Now they need to fulfil an ancient prophesy and fall in love within a moon's cycle or they will be separated again. This isn't made easy by Amber's determination to have her say about things nor Lachan's determination to be absolutely totally sure that AAmber loves him truly.
Needless to say the story is very convoluted and even Queen Elizabeth I has some input into events.
The medieval fayre in Inverness sounded so lovely and I would have enjoyed going along myself, had I had the opportunity!
The book is well written, Pam carried me along with the characters as if I were a miniaturised drone camera tracking their activities. I wanted to stay with Amber in Urqhart Castle to see her live her life out there. It was such a disappointment to come to the last word in the book. I will be keeping an eye out for further books written by Pam Binder.
I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.
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This is the perfect book for someone looking for a sweet story and/or for someone whose religious beliefs dictate that they shouldn't read R or PG13 material. If, however, you prefer a little spice, look elsewhere. To be honest, I read steamier novels in highschool Lit class.
An incredibly original idea, published BEFORE the recent surge of fantasy fiction the story rushes through the romance and explanations but allows for a few sweet moments.
I only gave it 4 stars because I want more. There were things and characters left hanging- BUT this is one that I read at a library in college and spent weeks tracking down later because I couldn't get the story out of my head.
It’s Lachlan MacAlpin, immortal and laird of Urquhart Castle, who rescues Amber from the freezing waters of Loch Ness. He fears she will die like the many others he has pulled from the lake, but it quickly becomes clear that Amber will survive. As he pulls her from the Loch, Lachlan cannot help but notice that Amber, with her hair of “burnished gold” bears an uncanny resemblance to the woman of legend who will possess the knowledge of future generations and lead an immortal man away from the path of darkness.
As Amber slowly allows herself to realize that she has not merely crashed her car and woken in the middle of an extremely dedicated historical reenactment, that she has in fact, woken up 400 years in the past, she faces an unprecedented set of challenges. She must learn what her place is in this alien world and try to find a way home. An explanation for her sudden appearance is quickly settled upon when Lachlan decides that the best way to keep her safe is to introduce her as his betrothed. As much as Amber hates the idea of relying on a man and false pretense to keep her identity safe, she cannot help but notice Lachlan’s broad shoulders and thick Scottish brogue.
Amber tries to relax into her new environment and keep her head down while she tries to find a way back to her own time, but old habits die hard. She challenges Lachlan left and right, becomes the tutor to Lachlan’s younger brother, Gavin, and attracts the attention of more than a few men. She fears that there may not be a way for her to go home when she begins to suspect that she is not the first to travel back to this time.
As Amber recovers and struggles to make sense of her sudden leap through time, Lachlan has his own battles to face. First, his lifelong enemy Subedei is closing in, and word is that he plans to attack and kill the MacAlpin’s for the punishment they bestowed upon him over a hundred years ago. Second, he feels the bloodlust that drove his father mad creeping ever closer and he is terrified of being possessed by it.
Despite the challenges they face, Amber and Lachlan begin spending time together and soon get glimpses of each other through the walls they have each built around their hearts. Life moves on at a normal pace even as battle creeps closer to the castle. Are they the two the legend speaks of? Can Amber learn to love a man who may never grow old and die? And can Lachlan accept the healing power of love before Amber is sent back to her time, never to return?
"The Inscription" is a heartwarming romance with more than one good twist at the end. Readers will find themselves rooting for not only Amber and Lachlan, but the solid cast of characters that supports this novel. This is truly a story of legendary love that spans the ages.
Amber is visiting Scotland when her car crashes into the Loch Ness.
Lachlan has been having strange dreams about a woman calling him from the Loch Ness. He senses she's in trouble so he walks the Ness only to discover a woman in the water. He dives into Ness to save her.
Amber wakes up and genuinely believes she's observing the Scottish re-enactments. Her first thoughts are that the actors are taking everything far too seriously. However, as the days pass she realises she's gone back in time. Will she ever get back to her own time?
Is she the woman the prophecy refers to?
I absolutely loved Lachlan and Amber's story. It was slow paced at times, but I couldn't seem to put the book down. Amber definitely shakes things up in 1566. Her unique adventure makes her cross paths with a man she falls in love with - but will time be on her side?
Brilliant book with an innovative yet original narrative and I thoroughly, enjoyed it.